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Burrill/ Morrill Walkway (Completed)
Increase Pollinator-Friendly Areas
- Burrill/ Morrill Walkway
- Chi Omega native plants
- Davenport Hall Carbon Garden
- LAR Native Plants
- Low Mow Zones
- Meadow at Orchard Downs
- Native Plants at Arboretum
- Orchard Downs Multifunctional Landscape (ODMFL)
- Plantings at Dorner Drive Retention Pond
- Prairie Restoration at Florida & Orchard
- Small Prairie at Natural Resources Building
- The Illinois Path
- Uni High Butterfly Garden
- Vet Med Prairies
- Woodland Plants at NRB
- Campus Honors House
This project is meant to transform the walkway between Burrill and Morrill Halls into a sustainable and multifunctional landscape. The walkway formerly had planters with a few, mostly non-native species. The walkway’s impervious concrete also had the problem of collecting rainwater and flooding. This area is high in student pedestrian traffic and is a part of the “Million Dollar Tour” that prospective donors to the University take while visiting campus.
In order to make the space more aesthetically attractive and sustainable, native shrubs, ferns, and woodland species that will do well in shady conditions were introduced to the walkway. In order to curb the rainwater collection problems of the water, a rain garden has been proposed to be added to the center of the walkway. The benefits of rain gardens outside of eliminating localized flooding include improving water quality, creating habitats, and recharging groundwater.